Hard Cover. New York & Los Angeles: Merle Armitage, 1936. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated with a lithograph by Pasquale Giovanni Napolitano, executed by Lynton R. Kistler, signed in pencil by Napolitano. Limited edition, this being number 65 of 112 numbered copies. Publisher's yellow cloth, title stamped in black and brown to upper cover. Very good overall, covers slightly bowed, light soiling to cloth, light wear to spine tips, residue from sticker on spine, light soiling to front endpapers, interior otherwise clean and bright including the lithograph, tissue guard still present, binding slightly shaken. Overall, a pleasing copy of a scarce book, with the signed lithograph in fine condition. These two essays by Picasso were first published separately in The New York Times in 1923 and 1930. They appear here with an additional statement by its publisher, Merle Armitage. Armitage started his career in the arts as a set designer in New York City and became a tour manager and theatre producer in Los Angeles. He authored over 100 books about artists and musicians, and was an art collector, befriending many artists including Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, and Chagall. After meeting artist Pasquale Giovanni Napolitano, Armitage wrote a book about his Modernist style. Napolitano studied many different forms of art, including painting, ceramics, and architectural design, and he executed many architectural murals for the WPA. He illustrated several books written by Armitage, and through their collaboration, Napolitano became involved in set and costume design, notably working on The King and I.